Gentry day to day with mild sprain of left wrist
Rangers center fielder sustains injury on lunging catch attempt
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Craig Gentry, batting leadoff and playing center field, was supposed to play nine innings on Tuesday afternoon against the Indians. He didn't make it through three.Gentry suffered a sprained left wrist while trying to make a catch in right-center during the third inning of the Rangers' 8-8 tie with the Indians on Tuesday. Gentry tried to make a lunging catch on Jack Hannahan's live drive and fell hard on the wrist. Gentry was taken for X-rays, which were negative. The sprain was described as "mild" and he is day to day. "We'll see how he is tomorrow and the next day," manager Ron Washington said. "At least there is nothing torn or broken."
This marked the second time in five days Gentry has been removed from a game because of injury. He was pulled from Saturday's game with tightness in his left hamstring.He entered Tuesday's game in an 0-for-11 slump, and that's why Washington planned a full day for him. Washington wanted Gentry to get as many at-bats as possible rather than coming out in the middle of the game like most starters do. "You get two at-bats, make an adjustment in the second at-bat and that's it," Washington said. "There are no more at-bats." That's exactly what happened with Gentry. He went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the third inning that was his first hit of the spring. Then he injured the wrist and had to come out of the game. Gentry was not scheduled to start on Wednesday vs. the Rockies in Surprise. Washington is planning on starting Julio Borbon in center. Borbon, who is Gentry's primary competition for center field, is 4-for-12 (.333) this spring. He did not make the trip to Goodyear on Tuesday. Gentry played in just eight games and had just 13 at-bats last spring after spraining his shoulder running into an outfield wall against the White Sox in Glendale. He also had his 2010 season come to an end with a fractured left wrist running into a wall at Triple-A.
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